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    Back in 2016, then-North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory was praised by many social conservatives for supporting NC House Bill 2 —the so-called “North Carolina bathroom bill,” which banned transgender Americans from using public restrooms for the gender they identified with. Christian fundamentalists praised McCrory for, as they saw it, being willing to defend “traditional values.” But in the 2022 midterms, ironically, the right-wing McCrory finds himself being slammed as a RINO (Republican In Name Only) by MAGA extremists. McCrory ran for reelection in 2016, losing to Democrat Roy Cooper by less than 1%. Now, in 2022, McCrory is seeking the nomination in North Carolina’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, and MAGA Republicans, insanely, are accusing him of not being far enough to right. Journalist Natalie Allison, in an article published by Politico on May 12, explains, “Former Gov. Pat McCrory served on the frontline of the culture wars in 2016 when he signed North Carolina’s controversial ‘bathroom bill,’ which curbed protections for transgender people. When he was defeated for reelection later that year by a razor-thin margin, he raised questions about...
    Establishment-backed former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) cited a recent poll showing him only seven points behind Trump-endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat, despite nearly every other poll putting Budd ahead by double digits. At a press conference this week, McCrory cited data from a poll conducted by Meredith College and released on Tuesday, which shows Budd leading with 32.7 percent support and McCrory with 25.7 percent. The former governor specifically pointed to data from the poll showing that over one-third of voters are undecided just two weeks out from the May 17 Republican primary race, adding that his campaign sees a “clear path to victory.” “Most polls show that over a third of the electorate is undecided. And we have our ads up on TV across the state in a major sustained way for the first time in this race,” said McCrory, who is retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-NC) choice to fill his seat. Burr was notably one of the seven Senate Republicans who voted in favor of convicting Trump on impeachment charges in 2021....
    Russia sanctioned 398 members of Congress on Wednesday, including Trump-endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), who is running to fill retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s (R) seat in the U.S. Senate. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s “retaliatory personal sanctions” contradict claims from Budd’s competition for the Republican nomination, establishment-backed former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who released a political attack advertisement on March 8 accusing Budd of being “friendly toward Russia.” McCrory combined clips from two Budd interviews — a February 26, 2022, Fox News interview and a February 28 interview with a CBS affiliate in Raleigh —  of him discussing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The advertisement spliced several of Budd’s statements together that make him appear supportive of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the video, McCrory accuses Budd of being  “friendly toward Russia” and calling Putin “very intelligent,” before saying that he would never “compliment our enemies”: So-called “fact checkers” quickly descended to address McCrory’s claims, though in a surprising twist, fact-checkers ended up labeling McCrory’s claims as “Mostly False.”  PolitiFact said McCrory “cherry picked Budd’s comments” and “overlooked the numerous times Budd condemned...
    Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), who is now an establishment-backed U.S. Senate candidate, appointed an education official during his governorship who has since gone on to support Critical Race Theory (CRT) in education. McCrory, who was governor of North Carolina for one term between 2013 and 2017, made Eric Davis chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education in 2014. Davis is reportedly registered as an unaffiliated voter, according to the Carolina Journal. He was senior vice president with Wells Fargo Corporate Real Estate Group, a West Point graduate, and was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, as well as a former chairman.  Current Gov. Roy Cooper (D) — who McCrory lost to in the 2016 election — reappointed Davis to the position in 2021.  As Breitbart News reported, the North Carolina State School Board approved a contract with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel-Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in early January of 2022, in which $7 million in funding from the IDEA Preschool Handicapped Grant was awarded to North Carolina by the Office of Special...
    (CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said last year that not receiving an offer to teach at Duke University upon leaving the governorship was "blacklisting" and comparable to the refusal to serve Black Americans at lunch counters in the 1960s during segregation. McCrory, who is now running for US Senate in a Republican primary, instead took a job as a local radio host where he made the comments, which were reviewed by CNN's KFile as part of a look at the rhetoric he used after leaving office in 2017. McCrory was the governor of North Carolina from 2013 to 2017. "The head of the policy school called me up and said, 'Governor, we've got some problems. We've got some alumni and big donors that don't want you to come back to Duke to be a part of this public policy school,'" said McCrory in January 2021, referring to a job at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. "You know what I said to him, I said, 'If I come back to the, if I come back to the campus,...
    Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) has a four-point edge over former Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in the Republican primary race for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, according to a poll published Wednesday by the conservative Club for Growth PAC. The poll, conducted by WPA Intelligence December 19–21, found Budd at 47 percent support compared to McCrory’s 43 percent support in a hypothetical head-to-head primary matchup. Ten percent said they were undecided. Club for Growth has endorsed Budd, as has former President Donald Trump. The influential group with close ties to the former president has backed a handful of candidates ahead of the 2022 midterms whom it believes will promote limited government and economically conservative policies, and it announced in June it had raised more than $5 million for Budd and that it planned “to raise and spend even more.” In the primary, Budd is up against McCrory, who has the advantage of name recognition, having served as Charlotte mayor for 14 years, governor for one term, and host to a popular Charlotte-based radio show, which he ended this year in lieu of his...
    Washington (CNN)A television attack ad from conservative Super PAC Club for Growth Action uses egregiously deceptive editing to build its case that Pat McCrory, a Republican candidate for a US Senate seat in North Carolina, is a "Trump-hater" and "liberal faker." Facts First: The attack ad dishonestly sliced and diced remarks McCrory made on the Charlotte radio show he co-hosted after his term as North Carolina governor ended in 2017 -- changing the meaning of some of his quotes to transform them into what sounded like direct attacks on former President Donald Trump and Trump supporters.As CNN reported in April, McCrory did make some comments on the radio show that were genuinely critical of Trump. But Club for Growth Action was not content to simply play these comments in the ad. Rather, the ad relied heavily on misrepresentations of other McCrory statements. Contrary to the ad's suggestion, McCrory's July 2020 comment urging Trump to "get off the stage" and "let Joe Biden take over the number-one position" was not an endorsement of Biden over Trump. Rather, McCrory actually said...
    Outgoing North Carolina GOP Sen. Richard Burr disagrees with former President Donald Trump about who should succeed him in 2022. The senator has backed the Tar Heel State’s former Gov. Pat McCrory, whom he has declared to be “the only one in the race that can win the general election,” according to Politico. However, two weeks ago, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd, who is also running. “Pat McCrory has a commanding advantage," Burr said. “I can’t tell you what motivates [Trump],” he added. "I’ve never seen individuals endorse a candidate a year before the primary. That’s unusual.” McCrory, 64, served as the mayor of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009 and was the state’s governor for one term from 2013 to 2017. LAUREN BOEBERT TO ANTIFA PROTESTING HER: ‘GET A JOB’ An unnamed Republican senator told Politico that the outgoing senator is “telling everyone that McCrory is the only one that has a chance to win.” Trump threw his support behind Budd during the North Carolina GOP convention. “This man’s a great politician,” the former president told the convention. “But...
    Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) announced Wednesday he is running for the state’s U.S. Senate seat that Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is vacating next year. McCrory, who served as governor from 2013–2017 before launching a radio show in Charlotte, made the announcement on his show Wednesday morning. “Let me just tell my family, my audience, my friends, I’m in. I’m in. I’m in. I’m going to run for the U.S. Senate because I’m simply the best for the job,” he said on WBT’s Pat McCrory Show with Bo Thompson. He also posted a video announcement to social media: For the last few years, I’ve sat on the sidelines and watched people like Chuck Schumer & the far-left drag this country toward radical liberal policies. I can’t sit on the sidelines anymore. So I’m in! pic.twitter.com/s2MwtBlalv — Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) April 14, 2021 McCrory said that on the campaign trail, “We’re going to be transparent. We’re going to be direct. We’re going to be honest, no PC, no identity politics, no cancel culture. That works against everything that I’ve...
    Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is seeking a political comeback.  McCrory jumped into the Senate race in North Carolina on Wednesday, joining one other Republican, former Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerLara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid North Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.), in the contest to replace retiring Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid North Carolina mayor Rett Newton launches Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.).  Several other Republicans are weighing bids for Burr’s seat, as well, including Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul Budd14 Republicans vote against resolution condemning Myanmar military coup Republican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC 42 GOP lawmakers press for fencing around Capitol to be removed MORE (R-N.C.), Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate...
    (CNN)Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is planning to launch his Republican campaign for Senate this week -- and immediately become a front-runner in a race that could determine the future control of the chamber, according to people familiar with his plans.McCrory's decision is an attempt at a comeback after narrowly losing his reelection bid in 2016. Politico first reported McCrory's plans.Republican pollster Glen Bolger claimed in a memo Monday that McCrory has a "significant lead" over the only other major GOP Senate candidate in the race — former Rep. Mark Walker — and North Carolina US Rep. Ted Budd, who is also considering a Senate campaign. Bolger said McCrory is "well-positioned" to be the party's Senate nominee in 2022 due to his "very strong image" and his ability to message "against Washington insiders." The memo, obtained by CNN, is addressed to McCrory and veteran GOP strategist Paul Shumaker, who did not respond to requests for comment.Walker, a pastor, has already obtained the support of some social conservatives, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Budd in the past has...
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